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Summer: The season of experimentation

Posted 7/1/2015 by UHBlog

Sara Lee, MD, Pediatrician and Adolescent Medicine Specialist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Summer is a great time of year for American teens to stay up late, sleep in, expand their horizons with a summer job or summer experience, and spend time with friends and family. It is also the time of the year American teens are most likely to become involved with drugs, alcohol and tobacco. A U.S. Substanc...

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Advice from Dr. Mom: Is your child ready to start potty training?

Posted 7/1/2015 by UHBlog

Erin Frank, MD, Pediatric Hospitalist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and mom to a vibrant 2-year-old girl. The idea of ditching those pricey diapers and moving on to big-kid undies is an exciting transition for both parents and toddlers. But potty training takes time and a lot of trial and error to get it right. Most children can successfully potty train between 18 months and 3 years. Using the to...

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Bicycle safety tips

Posted 7/1/2015 by UHBlog

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Princesses, pedaling and primary care: How exceptional pediatrics helped girl thrive

Posted 7/1/2015 by UHBlog

Jon Kannensohn, MD, Pediatrician, University Premier Pediatricians Clinical Instructor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Like many couples, it took some time for Brandy and Fred Carney to become pregnant. But the wait was worth it. Brandy delivered daughter McKenna following a healthy, full-term pregnancy. Yet despite her uncomplicated delivery, McKenna began to develop medical problems early on. McKenna suffered from recurring kidney and urinary tract infections and was ...

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The skin disease that’s on the rise among kids

Posted 7/1/2015 by UHBlog

Eli Silver, MD, Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Specialist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Few kids escape childhood without a bump, itch or skin blemish. An increasing number must cope with a rash that keeps coming back – the skin condition known as eczema. At least 10 percent of U.S. children now suffer from this itchy, persistent skin disorder, according to a new report in the journal Pedia...

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Villains and heroes for your child’s teeth

Posted 7/1/2015 by UHBlog

Gerald Ferretti, DDS, MS, MPH, Chief of Pediatric Dentistry, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine More than a quarter of America’s 2- to 5-year-olds and half the 12- to 15-year-olds have tooth decay. Brush up on how the food and drink your kids put into their mouth can protect it so that they can keep smiling – and you can pay smaller dental bills. The bad guys According to Gerald Ferretti, DDS, MS, MPH...

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6 questions about having baby number 2

Posted 7/1/2015 by UHBlog

Marjorie L. Greenfield, MD, Chief of General Obstetrics & Gynecology, UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine If you have had a baby, you most likely have the maternity clothes, birth stories and even the stretch marks to prove it. As an experienced mother, you understand pregnancy and delivery. But are you prepared for infant number two? Marjorie L. Greenfield, MD, Chief of General Obstetrics & Gynecology at University Hospi...

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12 summertime health and safety tips

Posted 7/1/2015 by UHBlog

Jerri A. Rose, MD, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Specialist, Marcy R. Horvitz Pediatric Emergency Center, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Your family’s schedule is jam-packed. Fortunately, making sure your children eat well does not have to take a ton of time. The best way to help kids eat well is to serve healthy options at every meal and snack. Follow these tips from Janet Kramer, MPH, RDN, LD, ...

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Under the Rainbow, Summer Health Briefs

Posted 7/1/2015 by UHBlog

No summer vacation for viruses Summer colds are more frequent than you might think. Two common troublemakers this time of year are: Enteroviruses – the leading cause of summer colds, which sometimes cause nastier symptoms than the winter variety Parainfluenza – a respiratory bug especially hard on very young children Enteroviruses cause 10 to 15 million infections in the U.S. each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And although anyone can ca...

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